Up until very recently, Caitlin Ferry was working in "Kiddie Land" at the Evergreen State Fair. The only problem with that: Ferry is currently awaiting trial in Snohomish County on charges of child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor.
Naturally, when discovered, this fact didn't go over so well.
As KING 5 reports, a recent anonymous tip alerted authorities to Ferry's employment at the fair and fair officials to the pending charges against her. Having been released on bond on the molestation and sexual exploitation charges - with the condition that she was to avoid contact with children -- Snohomish County Sheriff's deputies quickly swooped in and arrested Ferry once they learned of her new job.
As part of the hiring process, the fair does conduct background checks - background checks that apparently only uncover convictions, not pending charges.
From KING 5:
Fair manager Hal Gausman confirmed that background checks are conducted for the hundreds hired to work at the fair. Snohomish County makes some of the hires, and private companies fill positions to operate the rides and food booths.
So how did Ferry get a job? County spokesperson Christopher Schwarzen called it, "a flaw in the background check system."
A company called Bulter Amusements is handling the carnival rides and hired Ferry, according to Gausman. County officials have already had conversations on how the improve the background check system. They plan to hold what's called an action review after the fair to take a closer look at the issue.